Along with the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung introduced a range of official Note 8 cases meant to protect the 1000-dollar handset - cases ranging from thin and light to thick and rugged. We had the chance to check them out while test-driving the Galaxy Note 8, and while most of them were conventional and straightforward with their design, this particular case type felt different. Very different. The one in question is the Galaxy Note 8 Alcantara case.
Now, if you're not familiar with the material, Alcantara is a brand of synthetic fabric similar to suede in texture and appearance, but more durable and resistant to stains or water than its natural counterpart. Because of these properties, it is not uncommon to see Alcantara covering the interior of premium sports cars like those from Porsche and Lamborghini. Official Samsung Alcantara cases were also launched for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
The case will certainly receive mixed feelings from users and enthusiasts since the case is no match to lustrous and shiny back and front panel of the Galaxy Note 8, however, it does impart durable and water and stain resistant properties to the smartphone.
The case will cost approximately $50 (close to Rs. 3,200) in the US so it is quite presumable that it will cost even more in India if it hits the shores of the subcontinent. As far as the pricing is concerned, the accessory is certainly expensive although we have seen consumers spend more than Rs. 5000 for iPhone covers and even close to Rs. 11,000 on iPad covers. Shelling out far less for a Note 8 case is not a concern for buyers willing to spend close to $1,000(approx. Rs. 64,000) for Note 8 itself.